Adjunct Instructor, Voice
School of Music 315
Nicole Franklin, soprano, completed her bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Baylor University. She then went on to receive a master's degree, also in vocal performance, from Rice University where she studied with Dr. Joyce Farwell. Nicole has participated in various training programs, such as AIMS in Graz, Austria and the Amarillo Opera Apprentice program. She has performed Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University), Norina in Don Pasquale (Mid-Columbia Symphony in Washington State, The Living Opera - Richardson, Texas, and with Amarillo Opera), Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (New Jersey Concert Opera and in Dallas with The Helios Ensemble), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (both with The Living Opera), Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Lightfoot in Cold Sassy Tree(Amarillo Opera), Sylvia in L'isola Disabitata (NY Philomusica), and Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Amarillo Opera).
In addition to opera, Nicole has done solo work such as Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, in which the Dallas Morning News hailed her as "superb", with a "bright" and "tangy" sound. She has also appeared as a soloist in Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. In 2006, Ms. Franklin sang as the soprano soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in their Christmas celebration, Hope. She sings the role of Laetitia on the first professional recording of Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief with Lone Spring Arts in Dallas, Texas. The CD was released in December 2007 under the Albany label. Ms. Franklin resides in Huntsville, Texas, where she is an adjunct voice professor at Sam Houston State University.